Pearl in the pulpit, Leaves runway to serve God

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
 Pearl Amoah is being fashionable for Christ
Pearl Amoah is being fashionable for Christ

Ghana’s foremost international model, Pearl Amoah, has not just found herself a new career in the pulpit but she is bringing her fashion sense to bear in her spiritual world.

Having known her for the past two decades, Pearl can simply be described as someone who loves to break new grounds.

This time, she is not just showcasing the clerical attire as her latest collections on the runway, but she is wearing it as an ordained reverend who preaches the word of God and provides counselling services for the youth at the Hope Seat International Church, Dodowa.

Knowing her to be associated with stuffs that those in the religious world would describe as worldly things, one would wonder why the fashionista would leave all the luxury and fame that come with her international brand and rather opt for the pulpit.

If you know Pearl and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you will observe that she has stopped sharing latest designs from her clothing line and rather propagates the Word of God.

About three months ago, she posted a picture of herself wearing a blue clerical outfit (with tears flowing down her cheeks) to announce her formal pact with God.

This attracted her large followers on Facebook as majority welcomed her into the pastoral world.

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The Mirror, which has always associated with her achievement over the years, had an interview with the former beauty queen to know the motivation behind this new path she is charting.

Path to spiritualty Pearl says she has switched completely from the wilderness to serve the Lord without regrets and for her it is not about making money through Gods words.

“Genuine service cannot be separated from love. We can go through the motions of serving God, but if our hearts are not in it we’re missing the point.

The Bible makes it clear that unless our service is rooted in love, it is meaningless.

“Serving God out of a sense of obligation or duty, apart from love for God, is not what He desires.

Rather, serving God should be our natural, love-filled response to Him who loved us first.” (see 1 John 4:9– 11) For her, she has come to terms with the fact that the way the world does things is different from how God does his things.

“You have to be Christ like and carry the banner of the Lord wherever you find yourself,” she stated.

Pearl, who is noted for discussing clothes, bags, shoes and accessories which are in vogue in most of her interviews with this reporter, interestingly focused strictly on the need to love God and prepare for the end time.

She stated that “the Bible offers several motivations for our service.

We want to serve God because we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28) because our service supplies the needs of the Lord’s people” (2 Corinthians 9:12); because our service proves our faith and causes others to praise God (2 Corinthians 9:13) and because God sees and rewards our labour of love (Hebrews 6:10).

Each of these is a good reason to serve God”. Fashion for Christ When Pearl was asked about her fashion brands, she explained that she had put them on hold but was trying her best to impact a positive dress sense on the youth.

“It is good to be fashionable but it must come with some decency in the house of God.

The Bible says that you should dress modestly in and out of church. While this doesn't indicate that you should put on formal wear, it does indicate that we should dress such that
we don't attract attention,” she explained.

Recounting her runway life, she said “even as an international model, I ensured that I always showed up to events decently but stylish.

You don’t have to show so much flesh to look attractive.

“If you are looking for an exact dress code, down to lengths of clothing and what parts of your body must be covered when and where, you will find no such thing in the Bible.

“However, if you are looking for bible principles that can guide you to dress as a Christian woman, the Bible does give these principles,” she pointed out.

Our physical beauty is symbolic of the spiritual beauty of the church. With this conviction, we should not be surprise if Pearl rolls out her ‘Fashion for Christ label.’

Who is Pearl Amoah?

She is one of Ghana’s foremost international beauty queens and an international model.

Pearl was one of the first international models from Ghana who modelled in the United States, Paris, Germany, London, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, among others.

For those who follow fashion, she is a recognisable face for the world’s most eminent designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Vivien Westwood, Halston, Donna Karen, Alberta Ferreti, Ralph Rucci, Jackie Rogers and Armani.

Pearl Amoah served as Miss Universe Ghana 1996. She was awarded with Ebony Africa Model of the Year in 1999. That same year, she established a fashion boutique called Fashion House in Accra.

International photographers such as Peter Lindberg, Dewy Nicks, Marco Glaviano, Frank Otten and Gean Luca have captured Pearl’s ecstatic beauty for various magazines such as Vibes, Black Elegance, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, Essence and Paris Voici.

She also hooked on campaigns such as Fruit of the Loom, Oil of Olay, Black Hair, Spiegel and Black Opal.

Pearl is very creative and through her Pearl Projects she choreographed the fashion segment of the Millennium Excellent Awards where she was also presented with the Best Choreographer of the Millennium Award.

In 2015, she was nominated to represent Ghana at the Mrs International Pageant in Florida, USA, the premiere pageant for married women.

Family/educational background Pearl Amoah had her secondary education at the Labone Secondary School.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Westbourne University, London, and a diploma in Architecture & Interior Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Pearl comes from La in the Greater Accra Region. She is the only child of Madam Bernice Adjeley Adjei who passed away last Monday.

Pearl got married in 2008 and has three children.